" ...] no one can be really esteemed accomplished, who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with. A woman must have thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to deserve the word; and besides all this, she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice, her address and expressions, or the word will be but half deserved." (Austen Ch. 8) This passage from one of Jane Austen's most popular novels Pride and Prejudice leads us immediately to the central topic of this term paper. Pride and Prejudice as well as Helen Fielding's successful novel Bridget Jones's Diary deal with the role of women in their contemporary societies and the skills the "accomplished woman" should have. One might think that the concept of the "accomplished woman" is only relevant in the 19th century but Fielding's funny revised edition of the Pride and Prejudice subject has shown that this idea is still present nowadays. Since Austen's novel was published in 1813 almost two centuries have passed, the role of women in society has changed through the years because of the feminist movements beginning in the 1960s. Nowadays women are able to depend completely on their own. They are not longer inferior to men, they gained the right to vote in the early 20th century and are able to have successful careers. Nevertheless the concept of the "accomplished woman" seems to be still significant at the present time. Fielding manages to move the concept of the "accomplished woman" into the future and it seems to be more popular than ever. Bridget Jones embodies a woman of the 1990s that struggles with her role in society in a similar way Elizabeth Bennet did almost 200 years ago.
The Role of Women
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